Thursday, December 31, 2009


Happy, Happy New Year!!!!!

I want to wish y'all a happy New Year's Eve! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday last week and are able to ring in the New Year tonight with those you love.

2009 was a year filled with ups and downs for the McGrew family. As we reflect on the past 12 months we do realize that despite the "downs" we experienced we are truly blessed. Our family is healthy, our children are happy and we have the best extended family and the best friends any individual could possibly wish for. We are looking forward to 2010 and we welcome whatever God has in store for us!

Enjoy your celebrations today, be happy and be safe!



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Hello and Happy, Happy Holidays!
I have been travleing this past week, thus the lack of posts. I am hoping to some day treat myself to an Apple Laptop computer so that I can keep up with my blogging but for now...I will just have to make do with what I have.
My family and I are having a fabulous time up in Connecituct at my parent's home. We drove here after church on Sunday...once the big snow storm subsidded and I have to tell you we got so excited as we were driving and came up to the snow. It is so pretty and festive. I grew up in my parent's house. Yes, they still live in the same house they lived in when I was born almost 42 years ago. I have always woken up on Christmas morning in this very house and I have to say that it just would not be Chrismtas if I was not in this special home filled with so many memories. My children have never been anywhere else on Chirsmtas Eve, either. Christmas to my children is not just about gifts...when they think of Christmas they think of their Grammy & Grampy...and all their cousins and aunts and uncles!
We built a snowman and have been sledding every day since our arrival. the other night we were out sledding until 8:30 p.m. Stan built a bon fire and we made S'mores and cooked hot chocolate outside,too! Yesterday we went to my brother Rusty's house. Rusty built a beautiful ice rink in his pack yard. All the cousins went skating and it even started snowing again! It was perfect!
It's hard living in the south at this time of year for me. I am truly a winter gal and living far from my parents and siblings is hard but Christmas time is one of the most wonderful times of the year for me...I get to enjoy the winter season with my family and my parents and siblings. Nothing could be finer!
I have been taking lots of photos and will share them once I arrive back home (my parent's computer is a bit ...old and it would take too long to upload and all that jazz) so be sure to check back soon!

Happy, Happy Holidays to all of you dear friends!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The 15th Gift of December!

Sorry that I am posting so late tonight. Here is a photo of the gift I gave Stan yesterday...15 licorice sticks. I wrapped each one up individually and then adhered a number to each stick and placed them in a jar. I told him that he can come back for refills when the jar is empty! He got a kick out of this gift!

I wanted to remind y'all that the CTMH Clearance sales ends tomorrow. Be sure to stop by my website ( to see what products are still available and place your order a.s.a.p! I have heard alot of positve feedback on the goodie boxes-lots of great product at an AMAZING price!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mini Album Fun

I decided to do something new this holiday season. Stan and I agreed not to exhange gifts this Christmas. Our trip to New Zealand in January is our gift to each other. Stan has been working so hard, adjusting to a new job and new coworkers. This can be challenging at times so I wanted to do something fun for him. I decided to give him the "25 gifts of Christmas." On December 1st I gave him 1 ornament, on December 2nd I gave him 2 socks, December 3rd his gift was 3 chocolates. December 4th it was 4 bananas. You get the idea-I give him whatever day it is (5, 6, 7, etc) a gift of that many. Yesterday was December 14th. I made him this mini album that held 14 photos. This album is not my original idea. Another CTMH consultant shared it and I "scrap-lifted" it (this is another perk of being a CTMH consultant, other consultants across the country and Canada share so many wonderful ideas with all the consultants!).

Stan loves his album and I loved creating it for him!

He is also enjoying finding treats on the bathroom counter each morning. He is now going to bed each night wondering what the next day will bring! I,too, am enjoying this little "game" I am playing with him. It can be tricky coming up with little inexpensive gifts to surprise him with each day, esepcially now that the numbers are getting bigger. Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I gave Stan today!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Charleston, SC Reindeer Run/Walk

This past Saturday Stan, the kids and I participated in the Charleston Reindeer run. What fun we had...despite the pouring down rain. This was the first race/walk we particiated in as a family. Stan and I were actually surprised the kids wanted to do it in the rain! They were quite the troopers. The course was really fun. We walked down the famous "Rainbow Row" and all around Battery Park. It was a great family bonding activity. The kids made these Reindeer shirts a few days before the race. They came out great! We are all looking forward to doing it as a family again next year!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Sneak Peek! The Felicty Collection!

I am so excited about the next special Close To My Heart is offering! The kit is titled "Felicity." Don't you just love that name?! Anyway, here is a layout I create using some of the contents in the new Felicty Kit. This kit will only be avialable for a short amount of time. You will be able to purchase it flat out OR you will be able to earn a discount on it based on your order total Or receive it for FREE! How cool is that?!

Here are al the details:


The collection features decorative die-cut paper, three
gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that include fl owers,
fl ourishes, argyle patterns, birds, and an entire alphabet! Your
papercrafting possibilities are endless!
There are three ways to get the Felicity collection:
• Purchase it at full retail price for $34.95. (CC1008)
• Place an order of $60 or more in full-retail priced stamp sets (A,
B, C, D, and E-size) and receive one collection FREE! (CC1008A)
Excludes: Stamp of the Month, Art & Soul,® Workshop on the
Go,™ and customizable (K) stamp sets.
• Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My
Heart products and receive one collection FREE! (CC1008B)
The campaign also has enticing opportunities for hostesses and
new Consultants. Hostesses get the collection FREE with a Home
Gathering sales total of $400 or more, and new Consultants who
join Close To My Heart between January 1–31 will receive the
collection FREE in their New Consultant Kit.
Celebrate with the Felicity Collection today!
Campaign Dates:
Customers and Hostesses: December 15, 2009—January 31,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Notice The Details

Have y'all been able to check out the AMAZING sale on my website ( There are some awesome products and awesome prices, eh?! I just love a good sale!
Anyway, the December Stamp of the Month is titled "Notice the Details." I think this is such a clever stamp set and oh so versatile! And it can be used on scrapbook pages and/or cards. How cool is that?!

I am sharing artwork created by myself and other CTMH consultants. You can order this stamp right from my website ( or contact me and I will be happy to order it for you. And don't forget, you can earn this wonderful stamp set at a discount or even free! The item number is #D1378.

Place a $25 order -receive a 25% discount

Place a $50 order-receive a 50% discount

Place a $75 order and receive a 75% discount

Place a $100 order and EARN IT FREE!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Good Morning!
Today is the start of the Holiday Heyday Close To My Heart Sale. Here is an address that you can visit to view all of the amazing products that go on sale today. Once you have made out your list head on over to my website, , and place your order. Or give me a call and I will be happy to pace it for you.
The sale begins at 9:00 a.m mountain time. There is a limit of 5 for evey item you purchase (which means you can only order up to 5 of the same product at one time).


Serious shipping savings apply with minimum orders. Continental US: orders of $100+ = flat rate shipping of just $5 ($99.99 and under have weight-based shipping).

Note that clearance items may not be combined with regular-priced items in a single shopping cart, and clearance purchases are not eligible for any Constant Campaign qualification or Stamp of the Month.

*You'll want to get in on the amazing deals like My Acrylix stamp sets from $2 and My Reflections paper packets from $5. But that's not all! We have grab bags for $30 each, filled with over $100 in retail products. Plus, great shipping deals on orders over $100. Orders of $100+ have a flat rate shipping of $5.*Please be patient while shopping and checking out. Imagine if your favorite local scrapbook store had a sale like this. I don't know about you, but I'd be camped out over night to get in and be willing to wait in a rather long check out line. Hopefully things will go super smooth, but I just want to give you a warning. Have fun shopping!
*Here are a few of the items that will be available:15+ Level One Kits (favorites like Vintage Travel, Laid Back, Free Spirit and more). $5 (regularly $9.95)
10+ Level Two Paper Packs (Caprice, School Zone, Expedition). $6.50 (regularly $12.95). Stickease $4 (regularly $8.95)35+ Stamp Sets from $2-$8 (Let Us Adore Him, Let's Play Ball, Precious Alphabet, Card Sentiments, and other greats)Embellishments like brads ($3), ribbon rounds ($4), chipboard ($3).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's December...Time for Holiday Savings!

I love the month of December! It is tradition in my house to surprise my kids each day with something little. Today's treat was putting their snowman quilts on their beds while they were at school. When they go up into their rooms tonight they will be surprised to see their frosty friend laying on their beds! I have a sweet treat for you!

Starting TOMORROW, DECEMBER 2nd, Close To My Heart will have AMAZING deals on my myctmh website. The savings range from 50-80% Visit my website EARLY to get first picks at all the fabulous products that will soon be leaving us.

Please contct me today to get a complete list of the item numbers and the prices of all the porduct that is on sale. You can call (843-207-8698) or email me (

I will be back in touch soon with details about signing up for Kit of the Month clubs which will begin in January with the new Spring 2010 Idea book! Stay tuned for details coming your way SOON!